Integration of new 9-euro ticket in the FAIRTIQ app

May 20, 2022 Integration of new 9-euro ticket in the FAIRTIQ app

Bern, 20 May 2022. When Germany launches the 9-euro ticket on 1 June, FAIRTIQ will be on board, too.  FAIRTIQ app users travelling in participating regions will automatically receive the monthly ticket as soon as their fares for the month hit the 9-euro mark. The new ticket will be available from the beginning of June to the end of August.

"Public transport is climate-friendly and has to be simple to use, regardless of the price", explains FAIRTIQ CEO Gian-Mattia Schucan. "That's why we've been working flat out on finding a swift technical solution to guarantee the user-friendly integration of the 9-euro ticket in our app." These efforts have paid off: to benefit from the discounted ticket, FAIRTIQ users travelling in participating regions like Central Thuringia or Bremen simply do what they have always done: check in on the app before they board and check out when they reach their stop. The new 9-euro ticket initiative, which will run from 1 June to the end of August, is part of a larger federal government package of financial relief for the German public transport industry.

Public transport users in participating regions will automatically receive the discounted ticket as soon as their fares for the given month reach the 9-euro ceiling. They can use the ticket on all urban and regional public transport services across Germany during the rest of that month (June, July and August). FAIRTIQ users simply check in and out, for free, on the app. This smart system has advantages for all passengers: frequent public transport users do not have to worry about buying a 9-euro ticket in a different app or at a ticket machine; occasional users do not have to work out beforehand if the 9-euro ticket would be financially worthwhile for them. "We are delighted that the FAIRTIQ app provides us with a solution that makes it really easy for our passengers to use the 9-euro ticket," notes Christoph Heunig, managing director of the Mittelthüringen transport association (VMT). "It confirms our belief that good digital products can make public transport a more attractive option."

The innovative solution that FAIRTIQ has developed to enable the integration of the 9-euro ticket reflects the mission of the Swiss firm to make bus and train travel as fair, transparent and simple as possible. From the early days of the FAIRTIQ app, all that passengers have to do is slide the start button on their smartphone before they board. When they reach their destination, a slide of the stop button or, the Smart Stop function – if the user has activated it in the app – ends the cost recording process. FAIRTIQ technology determines the right fare for the journey. For users who make multiple journeys over one day, the capping function in the FAIRTIQ app makes sure that they pay no more than the price of a one-day travel pass.

So that users can benefit from the 9-euro ticket, FAIRTIQ will apply a new 9-euro cap from 1 June to 31 August. This special offer is valid on all participating public transport services. FAIRTIQ users will be notified before 1 June if the 9-euro ticket is integrated in the app for their region.  



FAIRTIQ is an innovative Swiss start-up from Bern which aims to make travelling by public transport as easy as possible. The ticketing app and technology, developed and operated by FAIRTIQ, is accredited according to strict quality criteria. The app, which is free to download, can be used across the entire public transport network in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, as well as in several parts of Germany and Austria. The company can count on more than 120 highly motivated professionals to handle day-to-day operations and make sure that the product is the best that it can be. With over 56 million trips made to date, FAIRTIQ is now the most successful iPhone- and Android-compatible check-in/check-out solution worldwide. FAIRTIQ has built up an impressive partner network of public transport providers and associations in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein. FAIRTIQ technology also powers Easy Ride, the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) app. Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) is also set to adopt FAIRTIQ technology, and pilot projects are already under way in Belgium and France.


How journey with FAIRTIQ works

Before boarding the train, tram or bus, users check in to the app with a single swipe. This will generate a valid ticket for all public transport in the given region. Once the traveller has arrived at their desired destination, they can end the journey by either swiping the stop button or activating the Smart Stop feature, which will carry out the process for them. The app recognises the distance travelled based on the device’s location data and charges the customer the best possible fare for the journey. For example, if the cost of a single journey exceeds the price of a one-day pass, the customer pays the cheapest of the two fares.